$1 million reward for information about 49-year-old Bendigo case
Sharon Kemp
POLICE believe someone in Bendigo has information about the disappearance of two teenagers in California Gully 49 years ago. Up to $1 million is being offered for information about Maureen Braddy, who was 16, and her 17-year-old friend Allan Whyte who were last seen leaving a YMCA dance in M..
23-Jan-2017
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New warning from Crime Stoppers
Sharon Kemp
THE heat can create opportunities of the worse kind, according to Crime Stoppers. Residents are being advised to report unsafe behaviour that could lead to a fire being lit. They are also asked to be on the look out for any suspicious solicitation by tradespeople. Crime Stoppers Vict..
20-Jan-2017
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Anxiety over debt errors
Sharon Kemp
ROBERT is still demoralised by the six weeks he spent correcting debt collectors about a $2500 Centrelink debt he was told before Christmas he owed. He said he had almost come to the end of the paperwork after discovering himself the error was due to a name change of a former employer. ..
20-Jan-2017
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Volunteers are citizen winners
Sam Kane
VOLUNTEER Garth Keech and refugee activist Khayshie Tilak Ramesh have this week been named as Bendigo’s Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year for 2017 – a call neither were expecting from mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke. “It was pretty stunning... I was a little bit sho..
20-Jan-2017
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No easy fix for caravan park land
Sharon Kemp
THE question of what will replace the Central City Caravan Park after more than 90 permanent residents are kicked out has become more urgent with the revelation three quarters of the land is subject to flooding and is zoned for special tourism use. North Central Catchment Management Autho..
20-Jan-2017
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Park resident heads for VCAT
Sharon Kemp
TONY Pumpa is vowing to stay on at his home at the Central City Caravan Park despite a 12-month notice to vacate, and is taking the landowner and the caravan park owner to VCAT. The retired safety consultant has lived at the park for more than 16 years and claims he has neither a fixed no..
20-Jan-2017
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Len's lamingtons are legendary
Sharon Kemp
BAKING lamingtons worthy of winning a prize in the Bendigo Agricultural Show is not the only motivation for 80-year-old Len Stone in his second year of competitive cooking. Mr Stone also wants competition, of which there was none in the open lamington division last year. So he talked to ..
20-Oct-2016
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Dean John in the running
Bendigo Weekly
St Paul’s Cathedral Dean John Roundhill is running in the 21-kilometre event at the Bendigo Bank 2016 Bendigo Fun Run and will be back in time for church. The Captain Cook statue in the cathedral’s grounds is dressed in support of the Bendigo Fun Run on Sunday, October 30, and wh..
14-Oct-2016
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Protestors demand banks cut fossil fuel funding
Bendigo Weekly
Local artist and musician Dean Stanton felt compelled while busking in Hargreaves Mall to cut up his Commonwealth Bank card in support of protestors who want the bank to stop investing in fossil fuels. Mr Stanton then walked into the branch and asked that his bank account be closed. La T..
07-Oct-2016
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Graham at the gallery
Bendigo Weekly
GRAHAM looks vulnerable, but the sculpture commissioned by the Transport Accident Commission as an educational tool has all the human biological features necessary to withstand road trauma. The other contradiction is that Graham is made of fibreglass, steel and silicone, and yet he looks dis..
06-Oct-2016
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Pyne looks over Hawkei
Sharon Kemp
THALES is pitching for work in the construction of Land 400 armoured fighting vehicles even though it has been knocked out as a contender for the multi-billion-dollar contract. Defence industry minister Christopher Pyne today toured Thales’ Bendigo operations including two ..
29-Sep-2016
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Award a good start
Bendigo Weekly
An early learning and care centre in Kangaroo Flat has won a national award for going above and beyond to increase family participation, which is having a profound and positive impact in the community. Goodstart Kangaroo Flat, which supports a number of vulnerable families and cares for 150 ..
28-Sep-2016
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Lighting up the theatre
Bendigo Weekly
When audiences in Bendigo are dazzled by performances at the Capital and Ulumbarra Theatres they may be surprised to discover that the lighting design has been created and executed by Catholic College Bendigo student Ian Scott. Ian comes from a creative family. His parents Anita and Tim have al..
28-Sep-2016
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Fit for the job
Bendigo Weekly
PHIL Carman is an athlete who as a footy player never really achieved the greatness of his immense potential, but his life-long commitment to fitness continues to serve him well. The 66 year old former Collingwood, Melbourne, Essendon and North Melbourne star played 100 games of Australian R..
23-Sep-2016
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Goldie walks out with Spirit
Bendigo Weekly
Mischievous mascot Goldie the Wonder Dog is joining the Bendigo Spirit over the summer holidays. The public face of the City of Greater Bendigo’s child-friendly city will be the club’s first ever mascot. “Children throughout the municipality love Goldie, and we reckon S..
22-Sep-2016
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Heritage for friends
Bendigo Weekly
A Heritage tour walk sets off on Sunday to raise funds for education scholarships and development works in Timor Leste. The Bendigo Maubisse Friendship Committee is behind the event and tour organiser Rod Flavell said it’s a great opportunity to experience some of Bendigo’s wonde..
22-Sep-2016
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Ken dives in to help remote community
Sharon Kemp
A KEY figure in the first round fight to save the Golden Square swimming pool, Ken Hamilton is using the pool maintenance skills he gained at Maple Street to bolster an Aboriginal community 100km south of Uluru. This time, in a fortnight, Mr Hamilton will be on his way to the Amata communit..
15-Sep-2016
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Kids all smiles for walking to school
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS at Eaglehawk North Primary School will be among those across the state lacing up their runners and walking to school next month to increase their levels of physical activity. Next month is Walk To School month, an initiative supported by VicHealth to try to arrest the dramatic decli..
08-Sep-2016
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Sounds like a good idea for the holidays
Bendigo Weekly
What is sound? How does it work? Can sound travel in space? And why are some sounds happy, and some sounds hideous? This school holidays Discovery Science and Technology Centre Bendigo is presenting fun and entertaining activities to make sure you and the family get a positive vibe about so..
22-Sep-2016
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Kevin lands prime honour
Sharon Kemp
WHEN judoka Kevin Prime competes, he thinks not what he is missing, but what he’s got that his opponent has not. The answer is no lower left arm. After a farming accident when he was 15-years-old, Mr Prime started judo as “something I could hang my hat on.” More th..
15-Sep-2016
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Forum focusses on early intervention
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW unit at Bendigo Health that was the subject of a forum this week will allow mothers to be treated while their babies are with them. The annual forum was titles “The Earliest Intervention” and focussed on young parents and their babies, with around 100 people from areas suc..
08-Sep-2016
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It's all about the music, man
Sharon Kemp
MUSICMan Megastore owner Paul Tzountzourkas has given every kind of band a place to play for five years and they are repaying him with support as he battles financial hardship and possible closure. The corner Hargreaves Street venue is holding a Do or Die concert series on Friday, September ..
08-Sep-2016
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A cause close to home
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS at Bendigo Special Developmental School are getting into the swing of finals football this week, donning the attire of their favourite AFL or local side for its annual Footy Colours Day. The school has held the event since 1996, and in recent years has raised money and awareness for..
01-Sep-2016
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Work without barriers
Sharon Kemp
SIMON Flavelle just got his licence – on Independence Day, he says with a smirk – and life is about to get sweeter for the Bendigo hospitality worker. Jennifer Gamble has career ambitions and, like Mr Flavelle, she is set to achieve them after receiving the support she needed to..
25-Aug-2016
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Do or Die for Musicman
Simon Wooldridge
It’s billed as “Do Or Die”. Next week’s Musicman fundraiser festival features more than 60 bands. More acts are being added as the event – originally planned for Friday and Saturday – spills into a third day. The troubled CBD venue’s financial..
22-Sep-2016
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Boy and Bear head regional
Joel Peterson
WHEN you’re a group as big as Boy and Bear, you play in all kinds of venues, from pubs and clubs to stadium shows and sold out festivals. Despite having seen a wide variety of places, the band’s Tim Hart says that regional shows still have a unique quality. Lucky, because he and..
15-Sep-2016
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Royals in town
Simon Wooldridge
MUSICMAN is hosting “rock royalty” twice next week when the respective King Of The North and King Parrot tours hit Bendigo on Thursday and Saturday. Both bands visit central Victoria shortly before embarking on lengthy European adventures. King Of The North’s second album,..
08-Sep-2016
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Where the Lions roar
Bendigo Weekly
Four Lions’ new album Vahland comes from some pretty dark places. You’ve Ruined All My Favourite Songs captures the overall tone. “There are songs you introduce to someone in a relationship that you can’t listen to when it’s over. Not a positive association!&r..
02-Sep-2016
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Sweet sounds at the Gold Dust
Bendigo Weekly
A MISSION to play covers that other bands leave alone spurred the formation of Bendigo’s Sweet Disposition Band. The band’s four members – lead singer Sina Fonua, Chris Davey, Paul and drummer Pete – had all previously been playing in other bands, notching up a combined 2..
02-Sep-2016
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20 strings
Simon Wooldridge
Harry Manx brings his Australian tour to Bendigo’s Capital Theatre on Wednesday, September, 14. Described as an “essential link” between western and eastern music, Harry Manx’s unique sound blends the blues and classical Indian ragas. Manx’s signature instrume..
25-Aug-2016
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Titles up for grabs
Joel Peterson
A TEAM of six Bendigo paddlers will hit the water in Eildon next week for the Southern Cup and Australian Wildwater Championships. The Southern Cup begins at Eildon on December 27, with Bendigo’s Maddie Batters and Imogen Douglass leading chances after taking out sprint rapid titles at..
22-Dec-2016
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Bendigo's big bash weekend
Joel Peterson
THE Melbourne Renegades have plenty to improve on after a mixed start to the Women’s Big Bash League, according to all-rounder Kris Britt. The Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes will take to Bendigo’s Queen Elizabeth Oval for a double-header on Saturday and Sunday as the competitio..
16-Dec-2016
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Power sides collide
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO United will have to buck the recent top spot curse for Bendigo District Cricket Association sides when the first-placed Redbacks meet a resurgent Strathdale Maristians in the final pre-Christmas round of the season. Wins in the last four rounds have propelled the Redbacks to the top of ..
16-Dec-2016
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Spirit needs blue-collar approach
Bendigo Weekly
A RETURN to its blue collar identity is what Bendigo Spirit coach Simon Pritchard believes will propel his team to a win over Canberra tonight and into the new year with a positive mindset. Despite a win last Saturday over Sydney, a side that Bendigo was 0-2 against this season heading into the..
16-Dec-2016
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Jumping into the Spirit
Joel Peterson
WHEN you watch Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, the reason why she is one of the most exciting players in the Women’s National Basketball League quite literally jumps out at you. Her career has taken her to Vancouver, Switzerland, Germany, Rio de Janeiro and now to the Bendigo Spirit, a path as for..
16-Dec-2016
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Sarah makes a lasting impression
Joel Peterson
WHEN she walked in the doors at Ikon Park on her first day as a Carlton footballer, not knowing what to expect, Bendigo’s Sarah Last was greeted with smiles and plenty of fanfare. Only a matter of hours earlier she was one of 19 players drafted by the Blues to play in the inaugural AFL..
09-Dec-2016
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Ken opens doors for a good cause
Dianne Dempsey
For many years now Eaglehawk residents Ken and Muriel Maes have been opening their garden for display in order to raise money for the lepers of Nepal. Despite a common misapprehension that leprosy is now a defunct disease, there are still many people, particularly in the third world who stil..
02-Sep-2016
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Hitting the mark
Bendigo Weekly
EVERYTHING from clocks to Victoria Crosses will be on show this weekend at the Golden City Collectors’ Association’s 33rd Arms and Collectables Show. Held at Major League Multisports in Golden Square across the weekend, the show will have over 200 exhibitors from far and wide dis..
25-Aug-2016
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Fun for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
It’s been a busy week for students at St Monica’s Primary School in Kangaroo Flat. An early burst of spring weather on Monday provided an ideal backdrop for the school’s athletics carnival, while on Tuesday the focus returned to the school’s Jaara Centre for a present..
18-Aug-2016
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Call out for bright sparks
Bendigo Weekly
The Discovery Centre is giving people the opportunity to have some light bulb moments of their own in National Science Week. The auditorium is being transformed to give people a fun, science experience. The activities will begin on Tuesday with the auditorium being turned into an in..
12-Aug-2016
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Skip to the beat
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s Karen students are finding music the perfect bridge between school and the broader community. The students, many from refugee backgrounds, spend an hour each week in the studio of Bendigo musician and founder of Rock Pride Music Albert “Skip&..
04-Aug-2016
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Breast care is needed
Dianne Dempsey
Unfortunately the prospect of breast cancer continues to haunt many women. According to the program manager of Bendigo BreastScreen, Elisa Alford, one in eight women will be affected by the condition. On the other hand agencies such as BreastScreen Victoria have been set up to specifical..
28-Jul-2016
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NBN rollout lines up Bendigo suburbs
Sharon Kemp
SOME Bendigo residents can start to shop for retail packages for broadband internet as NBN Co constructs the first node cabinets in the city, starting in East Bendigo. The progress is a welcome development for businesses who have been waiting for the rollout to increase internet speed commen..
01-Sep-2016
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Project taking off
Sharon Kemp
THE first plane will land on the new Bendigo Airport runway in February if the $15 million redevelopment remains on track but it is unlikely to be a passenger flight that will make the inaugural landing. Less than six months out from completion, the City of Greater Bendigo is working to conv..
25-Aug-2016
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International interest in Amicus
Sharon Kemp
AMICUS is getting international attention for the way it delivers services to people with disabilities. This week saw a visit from two professionals in the Canadian sector of disability services, and next February, a flow of people will come from the United Kingdom, the United States, South ..
18-Aug-2016
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Customers the focus
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER eight years in real estate Gavin Butler has opened up a business in his own right. The former hospital chief executive and accountant is now trading as Gavin Butler Real Estate with the aim of giving a personal service. “Despite being in management, I have always been passion..
12-Aug-2016
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Show me the money
Bendigo Weekly
Local small businesses can now locate available grants and funding via a custom made search tool called the Bendigo Funding Finder. City of Greater Bendigo council’s Peter Jeffery said, in what is an Australian-first, the economic development unit has partnered with the GrantGuru websi..
04-Aug-2016
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Better small business
Bendigo Weekly
THE 2016 Bendigo Small Business Festival kicked off with 25 events on Wednesday. The festival is part of Small Business Festival Victoria which features more than 450 free or low cost events throughout Victoria during August. The Bendigo Small Business Festival is supported by the City..
28-Jul-2016
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Mall renewal a long way off
Sharon Kemp
IT may take many years and failures before Bendigo has a mall people want to visit the spend time in. Victorian parliamentary secretary for justice Ben Carroll told the Bendigo safe communities forum it can take decades to reduce crime and reinvigorate a public area, such as a mall. Depa..
02-Sep-2016
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CBD the centre of attention
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO’S central business district could be on the verge of a new period of growth and change, underpinned by recognition of its major assets and appropriate infill development. City of Greater Bendigo consultant architect Don Goldsworthy OAM told an audience at the Bendigo Writers Fe..
02-Sep-2016
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A Guest collection
Dianne Dempsey
Former Family Court judge and Olympic rower, Paul Guest QC, grew up with artists and has an abiding respect for their work, a respect and appreciation which is reflected in the paintings from his private art collection currently hanging in the Bendigo Art Gallery. “I appreciate that th..
25-Aug-2016
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Waiting patiently
Sharon Kemp
ST JOHN of God Bendigo Hospital is only months from unveiling its $41 million redevelopment, the results of which patients are already enjoying. With the Bendigo Hospital also closing in on its completion date, St John of God chief executive Darren Rogers said Bendigo was positioned to perm..
18-Aug-2016
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Open day for La Trobe
Bendigo Weekly
La Trobe University’s Open Day on Sunday aims to be an action-packed day of tours, displays, demonstrations, food and entertainment. Held from 10am to 3pm at La Trobe’s Flora Hill campus, the event will have welcome marquees, free food, expo sites and demonstrations – plus ..
12-Aug-2016
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Terry hits the road for firies
Bendigo Weekly
CFA firefighter Terry Heafield is riding around Victoria on a 2500 kilometre bike ride as part of his Don’t Do It Alone Campaign. He aims to raise awareness of post traumatic stress disorder and mental health issues among firefighters in Victoria. Mr Heafield will be visiting 43 fi..
04-Aug-2016
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Wild ride through the worst of zones
Bendigo Weekly
DEATH, disasters, destruction, disease: Peter Stefanovic has endured the worst imaginable circumstances in some of the world’s most dangerous places in the course of his employment as a television news journalist. In a sensitive yet self-deprecatingly humorous professional memoir, Stefanov..
25-Aug-2016
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A picture of art spaces
Dianne Dempsey
With maps and pens at the ready, local writer Lauren Mitchell and photographers Amy Doak and Brendan McCarthy went on a mission to find and capture the intriguing artists’ studios that lie hidden in and around the Bendigo district. The resultant book, Artist Spaces of the Victorian Gol..
18-Aug-2016
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Rights and wrongs at the festival
Dianne Dempsey
Wordsmith David Astle has been attending writers festivals for many years now and he’s a great fan. He loves festivals when things go well and he especially loves them when they go wrong. “Writing can be a solitary business and stories are made to be shared,” he said. &..
12-Aug-2016
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Nurses at the front
Rosalea Ryan
As the civilian casualties kept coming, their bodies shredded, Janet Glasson remained on her feet – for up to 32 hours in a single shift at times. Theatre nurse Glasson was on duty at Long Xuyen hospital in January 1968 when the North Vietnamese launched one of the major campaigns of ..
12-Aug-2016
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A change of direction
Rosalea Ryan
Out of the Ice Ann Turner Simon & Schuster $29.99 Dr Laura Alvarado has just completed a long, dreary over-winter stay in Antarctica and is looking forward to spending a few weeks in leafy inner Melbourne when word of a new opportunity arrives. Rather than speeding ..
04-Aug-2016
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Much ado about Indira
Dianne Dempsey
One of the ways the horrors of the nightly news was made palatable for us was through the persona of news presenter Indira Naidoo. Ms Naidoo presented the SBS News’ inaugural Late News in the late 1990s. During this time she covered the independence struggle in East Timor, the cou..
29-Jul-2016
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